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“Romantic, relaxing, and worth 5 Stars (Chicken Coop)” 4 of 5 stars
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The Territorial House
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114 Padre Martinez Lane, Taos, NM 87571   |  
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Ranked #10 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Taos
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“Romantic, relaxing, and worth 5 Stars (Chicken Coop)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2011

I hesitate to open this gem to the world, we were so surprised to be the only guests in this lovely, historic compound. I think it was the best place we've stayed in the 20 years of visiting Taos. We stayed 7 nights & highly recommend it for couples, but see comments. Location is excellent. The living area is so spacious and loaded with high-end amenities, decor, we were shocked, the place is really spectacular! High-end wet-bar that got plenty of use! The bed is queen size and we are use to king so didn't sleep as well, but the bedding, blankets were very cozy, less the cobwebs on the corners of the dust ruffle. The huge front windows have custom leather cushions and pillows so you can view the millions of stars at night - very romantic. The windows could have been cleaned for a better view and I couldn't figure out how to open them to let the breeze in (not tall enough). The floors and baths are all flagstone so we don't understand why they don't allow dogs. If yo can afford to vacation here & own dogs, they are probably spoiled & have well behaved owners. The hot tub outside was the cleaneast we have ever used in Taos - no yellow jackets hanging around the water pipes. Best ever hot tub - sexy! Issue with tiny white bugs/millions flying in our wine and face and in the front door, when opened. I purchased a fly swater which didn't help. There is more than enough room for all your luggage in the closets and extra blankets and pillows. I truly love the Chicken Coop with it' high ceilings and Sony Bravia TV with theatre sound system; made it fun to watch movies and listen to the local radio. We got the impression that this is a place rarely used b/c we saw lots of tiny (fast) black spiders in the 2 front couches in the fireplace room with spider webs by the chili ristras, and we think mice droppings (I just brushed them quickly under the couch so my husband didn't see them while we were there). We saw the caretaker a fews days into our stay and I asked him for a vacuum cleaner so I sucked up what I saw, but caution if you open the sofas - you will want to check - I couldn't catch the big wolf spider that kept peeking out & running back (sofa closest to the TV/left corner). All of the sofas are high-end quality and comfortable. My husband was upset for what it cost to have these issues and wanted to leave but I told him that its not a big deal. It was our decision to purchase quality toilet paper & kleenex, trash bags (you empty your own trash), which we didn't mind, but we did fill up the kitchen trash daily (they should have stocked us with a weeks worth of supplies). The first day I purchased a toilet brush & bowl cleaner to clean the two toilets (brown rings), and I wiped them down with Clorox wipes. The maid doesn't know how to clean. You could see where she sprayed and never wiped the toilet lid (either forgot or yuck). The towels were high-end, we just like to shower twice a day, plus the hot tub and we used their W/D to wash all the bath towels every other day. The bathroom decor is really spectacular (one has a mission door with old lock) and spacious - the shower/hot steamer was all flagstone and huge, worked very well, though bottom of shower floor felt a little grimey - wasn't sure if it was the soap residue or just us. The water is slow to drain, so your feet were in a couple inches of water during your shower. The one safety issue that concerned us, is that the inside visitors should have their own deadbolt on both doors so they know they are alone and no surprises! Hate to complain, but I still love this place!

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2010

We stayed here recently on our honeymoon, in Casita A (one of the smaller spaces) but we had the whole compound to ourselves. It's not a traditional hotel or even a bed & breakfast; it's more like home away from home. There's a caretaker, but we arrived late in the evening and didn't even meet him, he just left us keys by the door. The place is decorated in bright colors by a local artist, and stocked with what you need: a full if small kitchen, coffee, tea, water bottles in the fridge, and a few fans in the closet. There's no A/C, but the desert gets cool at night, and you'll probably be out during the day enjoying town. The compound is literally one block away from the town plaza, in walking distance of almost everything in town. The bed was a little creaky, but our own private outdoor hot tub and patio made up for any minor flaws. If you're not looking for a full service accommodation with someone to pamper you, and just want to pamper yourself, Taos Territorial is the place to do it.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 114 Padre Martinez Lane, Taos, NM 87571
Location: United States > New Mexico > Taos County > Taos
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Ranked #10 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Taos
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Taos Lodging - Elegantly restored as a luxury vacation rental in historic Taos, New Mexico, Taos Territorial is perfectly suited for New Mexico weddings, family ski vacations, and romantic weekends. ... more   less 

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